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"Upto 80 people mainly Tamil farm workers are said to have been killed and their bodies burned in a massacre in eastern Sri Lanka. The killings happened on Wednesday (19 February 1986), but confirmation of the incident was made only yesterday after community leaders had visited the remote spot near the town of Akkaraipattu, where the farm workers were shot.
According to community leaders, the farmworkers were threshing the paddy fields when troops appeared from the jungle firing into the air. The women were freed, but the soldiers rounded up the men, tied their hands and made them sit on the road while the soldiers reportedly moved into a nearby village and looted the shops.
The farmworkers were taken back to the paddy fields and shot. Several empty cases of ammunition have been found in the field. The bodies were piled on top of the dry rice harvest and burned.(Humphrey Hawksley reporting in the Guardian, 22 February 1986)
"There is very clear evidence now emanating that violence directed against the
Tamil minority is indiscriminate and makes no distinction between those engaged in
conflict and innocent civilians...
"Arbitrary killings of hundreds of Tamil civilians, often in reprisal for attacks
by armed Tamil groups, continued to be reported as armed conflict between such groups and
government forces intensified. A major concern was the 'disappearance' of well over 300
young Tamil men during the last three years; a number of them were feared to have died as
a result of secret shootings in army or police custody or as a result of torture...
"In the light of the consistent, serious allegations of torture and
killings brought by responsible Non Governmental Organisations... is it credible to
believe that an objective inquiry would not reveal a single instance of ill treatment of
suspects, as the Sri Lankan courts have apparently concluded? Is it credible that not a
single unlawful action by the security forces has been judicially condemned?...